The Foothill football team gained one measure of revenge from the regular season, opening the North Coast Section Division II playoffs with a 41-20 win over San Leandro last Friday.
And thanks to the win, the Falcons get another chance at redemption in the semifinals as they will play Clayton Valley. Foothill opened the season with a 28-20 overtime loss to San Leandro, then fell later in the season 41-0 to Clayton Valley.
On this Friday night, Foothill travels to Clayton trying to redeem the performance, as well as earn a berth in the NCS finals. Game time is set for 7 p.m. It will be a tall order against top-seeded Clayton Valley, but expect a much better game Friday night than the first time the two teams played.
Amador Valley, the East Bay Athletic League Valley Division champions, had the unenviable task of opening the NCS Division I playoffs against De La Salle. The Dons saw their season end with a 69-14 loss.
It was a great season for the Dons who will be hanging a title banner for winning the division.
Foothill athletes honored
Foothill High School honored and celebrated 13 of their student-athletes who signed a letter of intent to play collegiate athletics on National Letter of Intent Signing Day on Nov. 13.
Foothill athletic director Joe Viviani emceed the event with each coach introducing their athlete(s).
Honored athletes included Hailey Hayes (softball), Boise State; Nicole May (softball), University of Oklahoma; Courtney Beaudin (softball), UCLA; Tomas Kersulis (track and field), Cornell; Alex Ren (swimming), Johns Hopkins; Paige Doyle (lacrosse), Davidson College; and Audriana Templeman (soccer), Chico State.
The most-represented sport was baseball, with six players: Niko Mollat, Luke Novitske and Tommy Scavone to Cal State East Bay, Ben Hansen to Vanderbilt, Justin Durflinger to University of Nevada at Reno and Seungmin Shim to the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Approximately 150 family and friends gathered in Foothill's small gym for the event, including principal Sebastian Bull. Coaches participating were Matt Sweeney (softball), Angelo Scavone (baseball), Jorge Quero (track), Stephanie Vosicka (swim) and Angelyn Brown (lacrosse and soccer).
Amador water polo
The Amador boys made school history by advancing to the semifinals of the North Coast Section Division I water polo tournament.
The Dons -- seeded No. 7 -- opened the tournament with a 10-4 win over No. 10 Vintage on Nov. 7.
The goals were scored by Ethan Braga (4), Ross Brown (2) and one each from Devon Kost, Will Bosse, Mason Boswell and Johnny Walder. Defensively, Tanner McMillen did a great job in the cage with 12 saves while Kost led the team with six steals, followed by Ross Brown with four steals.
In the quarterfinals the Dons faced a tall order taking on second-seeded Liberty, but the team pulled off the 9-8 upset.
Amador trailed 2-0 early, but Kost scored twice to draw the teams even at the end of the first quarter. The teams were tied 4-4 at the half and 7-7 at the end of the third quarter before Amador pulled it out late, with Brown getting a key late-game steal for the 9-8 margin.
In the semifinals against College Park (No. 3 seed), Amador battled throughout but dropped a 15-13 final. It was the first time since 2013 the Amador boys had won an NCS match and the first time ever the Dons advanced to the semifinals.
Thanksgiving football on TV30
Thanksgiving Day is a great time to sit back and watch football, and TV30 Sports is doing its part with a "Football-a-thon" that starts at 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving and runs for 24 hours.
TV30 will re-broadcast three exciting high school games played earlier this season. The games may be viewed on Comcast TV Channel 30, AT&T U-verse via Channel 99 as well as streaming live on the TV30 website at tv30.org.
The schedule is Dublin at Livermore 12 a.m., 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Amador at Foothill 3 a.m., 12 p.m. and 9 p.m.; and Livermore at Amador 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.